The Bitterroot National Forest is not issuing any commercial mushroom picking permits this year.

Tod McKay, in a news release, said that most of the forest fires that are likely places for mushroom growth -  such as the prized Morel mushroom - were in Idaho, and much of the fire activity was in wilderness area, where commercial picking is prohibited.

The personal use permits are free of charge and allow harvesters a 5 gallon per day limit and 20 gallons per season limit. McKay said 5 gallons equals about two grocery bags.

The Bitterroot permits are for the Bitterroot forest only and allows mushroom harvesting by hand only, and motorized travel is restricted to open roads and trails.

McKay said some areas are still snow covered and urges caution on forest roads.